Last January I decided to give picture book writing a real shot. I signed up for SCWBI, technically, I renewed after it lapsed 5 years ago. Naively, I didn’t realize how much work I would have to put in. This time I had the support of the kidlit community on Twitter. Armed with blog posts, … Continue reading Writing Lessons From My First Year Writing Picture Books
I don’t know what it is about Susanna Hill’s Kidlit Writing contests that make me want to rhyme but here we are again. I have so much to learn and practice when it comes to meter but who am I to question how creativity strikes. Check out the other festive entries to The 9th Annual … Continue reading The 9th Annual Holiday Contest Entry – No Cookies ?!
Halloweensie is going on this week over at Susanna Hill's Blog. Make sure to check it out for entry information and to read the amazing entries. 100 words including 3 Halloween words (potion, cobweb, trick). Here is my entry below. It came in at 99 words. Spooky Harmony Behind the potion bottles, Thaddeus loved to … Continue reading Halloweensie Entry: Spooky Harmony
The deadline for #PBCritiquefest is fast approaching. (October 25th, 9 AM CST) The amazing opportunity to win one of 35 critiques from authors, author/illustrators, and agents is organized by Brian Gehrlein over at pbspotlight.com. While filling out the registration form I found myself stumped on a question that seemed quite simple, describing my voice or … Continue reading Finding My Author’s Voice
I have avoided reading Stephen King books. I had heard that they were hard to get into and were drawn out. Of course the size of them only supported the stigma of them being long and boring. I have watch many of the film adaptions and I didn’t find any of those boring. Still I … Continue reading Doctor Sleep: Don’t Judge a Book by It’s Author.
Spring is a season of renewal. This is evident in the nature that surrounds us. Flowers and trees bloom after a long, cold winter. My dearest writing community, it seems that I am currently in a state of renewal. I have put in a lot of effort into my picture book writing. Although I enjoy … Continue reading Find Your Niche and Be The Best At It
The Tattooist of Auschwitz walks you through the iron gates of Auschwitz and into the lives of Ludwig (Lale) Eisenberg and Gisela (Gita) Furman. The tatowierer takes Lale under his wing. Lale becomes the new tatowierer. Learning this new skill is a blessing and a curse. The role grants him small privileges at the price … Continue reading Book Review: The Tattooist of Auschwitz
I am polishing up a picture book manuscript in preparation for a round of querying. I was looking for a list of questions to get the best out of the critiques for a SCBWI critique group that I started. I scoured the internet for a picture book critique checklist and although I found several blog posts … Continue reading Printable: Picture Book Critique Checklist
What is the best way to get your book pitch seen by agents? There is the traditional way to submit, which often gets your manuscript into a slush pile where it will sit amongst other hopeful manuscripts for months. After which you will receive a general “it’s not the right fit for us” rejection or … Continue reading How to Get the Most Out of a Twitter Pitch Party
Among my other titles and social media hashtags, I can add dog mom to the list. We adopted a 3-month-old puppy from a local animal rescue. She appears to be a dachshund/Labrador mix with a long body and short legs. We have wanted a dog for some time but I made every excuse under the … Continue reading Quit Making Excuses and Live Your Best Life